The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth
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recording of The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth, by H. G. Wells.
Read by Alex C. Telander.
Two stuffy English scientists, always looking to further their scientific knowledge, create a substance called Herakleophorbia, which in its fourth incarnation – known as Herakleophorbia IV – has the special ability of making things increase greatly in size. As the scientists begin experimentation on some chicks, the substance is misused by some “country folk” who don’t take it seriously and soon Herakleophorbia IV is running rampant throughout England and then across the globe, creating giant plants and animals that wreak havoc on the land and then the people. Then the first giant babies are revealed and for the first time humanity has to contend with the existence of a new race of giant people. How humanity deals with this shocking new creation is revealed in The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth. (Summary by Alex C. Telander)
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November 4, 2010
Interesting book, reading is fine
This book has some very entertaining moments and the premise is fascinating. However it lacks focus at times and I felt the ending fizzled out disappointingly. It's worth a listen, but the best bits are the action sequences in the middle, rather than the philosophical pondering of the ending.
The reading is quite fast, which took me a little while to get used to, but once I had settled in to listening I had no problems understanding. And some of the character voices used are effective and atmospheric.
Thank you Alex for making this book available.
May 10, 2009
Food of the Gods review
I was looking forward to listening to this work.
The reading is very poor. I suggest that the reader does a little bit of research into the art of reading aloud.
March 4, 2009
The Food of the Gods - H.G.Wells
A nice peice of science fiction by the master. Humorious in the beginning, serious in the end, with a wonderful discussion of "greatness and smallness" through out. The story echos some of the complaints one hears today about modern scientific research.
The reader tends to read quickly and without a lot of inflection.